Following the Met Office’s announcement that a yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for most parts of the UK this weekend, Allianz has issued some advice for households and motorists during severe winter weather conditions.
Tips for motorists:
- Be prepared for hazardous conditions by ensuring your vehicle is equipped with all the necessary essentials.
- Gentle maneuvers are key, particularly when braking. Always try to pull away in second gear, and select a higher gear such as third or fourth for travelling downhill.
- In the event of skidding; depress the clutch, steer into the skid and avoid the temptation to brake forcefully
- Inform someone of where you are going and when you are likely to return. Keep up-to-date with weather and traffic reports and always put your own safety first.
Top tips for householders include:
- Leave your central heating on low at around 15°C to prevent water from freezing
- During periods of severe winter weather, keep a close eye out for frozen pipes. Telltale signs include no water coming from the faucet, frost or ice on the outside of the pipe and bulging of the pipe.
- In the unfortunate event of a burst pipe, householders should turn off the stopcock and drain the system by opening taps in baths and sinks. Professional advice should be sought in accordance with broker and insurer guidelines.
Allianz’s claims operational manager, Jeremy Trott said:
“We are urging people to take sensible precautions to minimise the impact on themselves and on their property. Even simple measures can really make a difference”.
Should you need to make a claim customers can contact:
- For online household claims click here - Household – or call 0345 073 1114
- For motor claims click here - Motor – or call 0345 600 0676
The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.
The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.
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